Steve McCrea is a content provider to EdutechFoundation [dot] net, NewsCocktail [dot] wordpress.com and RoadloversInternational [dot] com. He is the founder of BuildingInternationalBridges [dot] org, a charity to promote wider use of social networks and computer-based discussions in classrooms. He is a part-time instructor at a charter school and at Broward College in Fort Lauderdale. Born in New York, he received his B.S. in Legal Studies from Nova Southeastern University in 1988. He received his master's degree in public administration with a specialty in environmental growth management. from Florida Atlantic University (1992) and compiled a consumer's guide to electric vehicles after working for six months at the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. He is currently pursuing a Ed.D. in Instructional Technology and Distance Education from Nova Southeastern University. He is "alternatively certified" in Socials studies, math, ESOL and English (Language and Literature 6-12) and holds a temporary certificate for teaching math English for Speakers of Other Languages in Florida. He has worked at two charter schools, and has taught as a substitute teacher at 14 schools, including a charter school and two Montessori public schools (Virginia Shuman Young Elementary and Sunrise Middle in Fort Lauderdale). He is currently splitting his time between a charter school and an alternative center (both high schools) and an ESOL academy. His Youtube channel has several videos with over 200,000 hits (youtube.com/mistermath) and he maintains a portal that links Youtube videos of 30 of the world's most effective ESOL instructors (FreeEnglishLessons.com). His advocacy concentrates on expanding awareness of project-based learning, promoting especially the programs proposed by Transform-Education [dot] com and the methods of Dennis Littky (MetCenter [dot] org in Providence, R.I.) and Dennis Yuzenas (a middle school teacher who maintains WhatDoYaKnow [dot] com). His videos highlighting visual and active teaching methods are available on Youtube [dot] com / visualandactive and his article about "How to Use Facebook in the ESOL Classroom" appeared in a textbook. He has published more than 20 articles on Scribd.com/theebookman (which garner over 1000 reads per month) and has made over 25 presentations of his seminars "That's Edu-tainment!" and "Reset the Mindset." He is currently coordinating the translation of his book Guide On the Side (which prints pieces of his website www.GuideontheSide.com) into eight languages. He wrote a curriculum for a project-based learning high school (youtube [dot] com / QBESchool). Eight people have taken his online workshop to become qualified as Visual and Active Teachers (VATT).
He recommends the following texts to his colleagues
Dr. Abraham S. Fischler's blog abe [dot] TheStudentIstheClass [dot] com (be nice and visit his blog)
Howard Gitlow: The Deming Guide to Quality and Competitive Position (and a website to interpret Deming: BuildTheFuture [dot] net)
Dan Pink: Drive, Free Agent Nation, A Whole New Mind see danpink [dot] com
Malcolm Gladwell: Blink, The Tipping Point, Outliers
Enrique Gonzalez: The Nightingale Initiative with New Learning Institute (Los Angeles) See also videos on Youtube [dot] c o m / aiglon27
Howard Gardner: Intelligence Reframed (pages 161-167 about Performances of Understanding)
Neil Postman: Teaching as a Subversive Activity, Teaching as a Conserving Activity
Dennis Littky: The Big Picture: Education is Everyone's Business www.metcenter.org and www.bigpicture.org
James E. Zull: The Art of Changing the Brain: enriching the practice of teaching by explooring the biology of learning
Daniel Amen's books about brain research
John Naisbitt: Mind Set! (yes, it's required reading in the trends course -- and many of my teenage student find it intriguing)
Tony Wagner's 7 Global Skills (Collaboration, Communication, Accessing nad Alnalyzing information, Initiative and entrepreneuring, Adaptabilty and agility, Creativity and imagination and Critical Thinking)
Michael Gurian: The Minds of Boys: Saving our sons from falling behind in school and life.
Thomas Friedman: The World is Flat, Version 3.0 (see pages 309-322).
Karen Armstrong: A History of God (what does iqra mean? Chapter 5 is very helpful in broadening the perspective of students, p. 132-169)
John Naisbitt: Mind Set!
Mario Llorente: Dominos for Schools Youtube.com/ABCDominos ABCDominos.com
Annotated summaries of these books are available at his website GuideOntheSide.com or by emailing Steve at EDDSteve@gmail.com
He advocates the use of Wimba, Elluminate and other online classrooms for Q and A sessions, not for lectures. He hopes more teachers will put their powerpoints online for viewing before a Wimba Session, so that the online classroom sesion is interactive, not a lecture session.
transformation of education, personal learning plans, digital portfolios, projects guide on the side, the power of quotations to shift mindsets, Let's compare quotations that guide our behavior
When I go to another country, I carry a USB flash drive with dozens of TED talks (videos) and the transcripts (translated into several languages). If I meet someone who is a parent, I offer to transfer these videos to them. I carry the same info on a DVD for inexpensive transfer (100 DVDs for under $30, thanks to sales at Office Depot). I'm motivated by an image of a child who sent the following text message to his mother: "I just lost another 6 hours of my life." No more boring classes. A kid falls asleep in class needs more sleep (see Arianna Huffington's four-miniute video about sleep, search "arianna sleep") or the teacher needs training in how to personalize lessons and become a facilitator and "a guide on the side," less of a lecturer and "a sage on the stage." Let's spread the quotations that guide our choices and behavior. Let's start with TED talks and the translated TED transcripts
transformation of education. How can we have an impact on the Internet? What is the power of one?
John Volter (I think his russian name is Evgeny) told me about Sugata Mitra. Sugaga What? He sent me the link and since then I've been a fan of TED. I particularly like introducing "non-net" people (who like to read and who don't want to sit to watch a video) to the transcripts of the talks and the audio tracks, which can be downloaded and put on audio CD for use in a car. People in other countries can read the translated transcripts. I sometimes imagine that I'm a catalyst, meant to be a temporary host so that I can transmit the TED virus to another carrier, who can then choose to spread the TED content to others. I'm a happy TED host.